Small ruminant value chains as platforms for reducing poverty and increasing food security in dryland areas of India and Mozambique (imGoats)

Published on 8 November 2010

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Start Date: 1 June 2010 | End Date: 31 May 2013


The goal of the project is to increase incomes and food security in a sustainable manner by enhancing pro-poor small ruminant value chains in India and Mozambique. The project objectives are

  1. to pilot sustainable and replicable organizational and technical models to strengthen goat value chains in India and Mozambique that increase incomes, reduce vulnerability and enhance welfare amongst marginalized groups, including women and
  2. to document, communicate and promote appropriate evidence-based models for sustainable, pro-poor goat value chains.

The main target groups in India and Mozambique are poor small ruminant (mainly goat) keepers, especially women, in arid and semi-arid areas. This includes small-scale agro-pastoralists who cultivate small plots of land, as well as the landless. In both cases, a high degree of dependence on common property resources is a key feature.

The project works to transform subsistence-level goat production to a viable, profitable model, increasing incomes and thereby reducing poverty and enhancing food security, while preserving community and national resource systems. In addition to goat keepers, beneficiaries include other goat value chain actors, including small-scale traders, input and service providers.

ILRI is the main implementing institution and is responsible for technical, administrative and financial management of the project. Rural community development activities are managed and conducted by the BAIF Development Research Foundation in India and CARE International in Mozambique. The project also collaborates with national researchers and other local development partners.

Funding: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission

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4 Responses to “Small ruminant value chains as platforms for reducing poverty and increasing food security in dryland areas of India and Mozambique (imGoats)”

  1. Dr.S.Vasantha kumar, Asst prof ,TANUVAS, TAMIL NADU, INDIA. says:

    Sir,In Tamil Nadu Small ruminants plays a significant role to the poor rural community for getting a reliable income.Standard managemental startegies and forecost to be developed in different agroclimatic zones.If funding is available the research on sheep and goat productive system will be carried out with in a specific period and report will be sumbitted to you with our University permission.
    Thank You,
    Dr. S.Vasantha Kumar

    • Dear Vasantha Kumar,

      Many thanks for your interest in the project and the comment. Goats are indeed very important for poor livestock keepers and women, particularly in marginalised and semid-arid environments. And there is a need to develop agro-ecology specific management strategies. This will be an integral part of the imGoats project for teh areas where it will be implemented in India and Mozambique. Unfortunately, we do not have resources to go beyond (as a part of this project) to other non-project areas. But it would be useful if the research community which is working on small ruminants in India can come together to share experiences and the knowledge available, we might be able to collate the information we already have and identify where the gaps are and, try to obtain funding to address some of the critical gaps identified.


  2. Bhagya.S says:

    Dear Sir, We are working on the same theme in Andhra Pradesh. Goat rearers organised in SHGs and formed networks at block/madal level. Trying to reduce the mortality due to preventable diseases by providing timely De-worming and vaccination through community managed preventive health care system. We have community managed insurance product for small ruminants. We need to work on increasing fodder base and markets. Is there any opportunity to collaborate with you in his project.

    • Hi Bhagya,

      I am aware of some of WASSAN’s work. I would definitely like to learn more about the community managed insurance scheme and federationnof the groups you are trying out. BAIF and CARE who are our implementing partners in the project countries are also using farmer groups and the animal health interventions similar to what you have described. They also have some market related interventions in the form of providing market scales and linking farmers to traders etc. But through this project, we would like to try the concepts of innovation platforms and hubs for enhancing access to markets and services for the Value chain actors. Fodder/feed resources for the small ruminants is a major issue. Some projects which have tried stall feeding models have found that they might not be viable in all contexts. We would like to learn more from you on how you intend to deal with the fodder issues.

      We should definitely be able to collaborate with you, in the form of exchanging experiences and learning from each other. Our project areas in India are in the Udaipur district (Rajasthan) and Dumka district (Jharkhand) and BAIF is our implementing partner.

      I will be in Hyderabad towards the end of May and would definitely like to get in touch with you, meet to discuss the projects and, visit some of your project areas if possible.


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